There's been some pretty intense spinning going on following the VP debate on the part of Republican operatives on the internet, and there is no question that both candidates misspoke at times. This Washington Post VP debate fact-check accounting shows Palin and Biden's as about even on the misspeak scale, but that isn't stopping the more rabid of the right from doing some heavily partisan oral foaming, pointing out Biden's oops and conveniently ignoring Palin's wrongs.
As to who "won" the debate, the partisan rantings are about what you'd expect, but the real polls are showing that the number of independents choosing Sen. Joe. Biden as the winner of last Thursday's debate over Gov. Sarah Palin is nothing less than stunning. In fact a real-time poll sampling over 1000 debate viewer reactions found Independent voters swarming for Biden 3-1 or more.
Across the board, on question after question, Independent voters chose Biden as their overwhelming choice. The ratio of independents choosing Biden over Palin averages 2-1 in Biden's favor -- approx. 65% Biden - 35% Palin, but on two key issues - "VP responsibilities" and "Taxes," Independents preferred Biden's responses over Palin's by a remarkable 3-1 ratio.
Graphic below the fold:
Our Media Curves research friends got real-time responses from more than a thousand self-identified Democrats, Republicans and independents last night during the vice presidential debate between Sen. Joe Biden an Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The respondents responding by cell-phone in real-time indicated that Biden won on the issues that were tested with the all important independent group time and again. Here are some of the results.
Stunning. Where Biden's mission was to do no harm to Obama, clearly he's helped the ticket considerably - or Sarah failed miserably among independents -- or some combination of the two. I'm hardly independent; I've been a fan of Biden's for some time now, and my own personal opinion is that Biden succeeded to a greater extent than Palin failed.
The results in the graphic above are those featured on the WaPo "Swamp" blog. Additional issues and relative percentages can be found at the Media Curves website.
Related: Vice-President Biden vs. Cheerleader Palin (debate review)
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